Collaborative Care for Breastfeeding Issues

​​​​​When faced with breastfeeding or bottle feeding issues, many parents find themselves in Dr. Young’s office. Dr. Young does a thorough orthopedic, neurologic, and chiropractic examination to identify the problem. One of the sources that can create feeding issues is tethered oral tissues aka: tongue and lip ties. This is when the tissue under the tongue and/or lips is preventing proper motion to allow the baby to have a proper latch and comes in a wide variety of severities. This is an important issue to assess for any feeding issues. Here are just a few of the common signs and symptoms:

  • Difficulty nursing
  • Blistered/cracking/painful nipples
  • Clicking sound when nursing
  • Baby not gaining weight or slow weight gain

Dr. Young uses specialized chiropractic care that addresses the muscular imbalances in the head, neck, TMJ, and tongue that can change the bio-mechanics of the babies latch. Gentle chiropractic techniques can relax these muscles and reduce restrictions in range of motion thus restoring normal function. Dr. Young also co-manages closely with a team of Lactation Consultants, Pediatric Dentists, EENTs, Doulas, Midwives, Pediatricians and others to help resolve feeding issues as quickly as possible. In some cases, clipping the restricted oral tissue may be a good option for your baby. In these cases chiropractic care, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy are especially important before and after surgery to help resolve joint or myofascial issues contributing to tight tissue and to prevent a repeat surgery. With a strong team on your side, these issues should be recognized within the first few days of life and a plan implemented quickly. If your little one starts having feeding difficulties, contact Dr. Young to help you determine the best options for your child.

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